Nah. There were plenty of reasons for joining. An old golfing buddy of my father left for Belfast the morning he got the letter confirming he had passed the civil service exam. He ended up a tail gunner in bomber command but reckoned it was preferable to the Irish civil service.So now you know what motivated all those that deserted to another army?
While Dev may have been useless in 1916, he still was brave enough to turn out that morning to take on the British in their own backyard, unlike many of his contempories.